December 5, 2008
On November 30, in a little noticed news article appearing in the Washington Post, the Pentagon announced the planned deployment of 20,000 rapid reaction troops inside the United States in direct violation of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), ostensibly to help state and local officials respond to a domestic catastrophe or terrorist attack. “The long-planned shift in the Defense Department’s role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said,” the Post reported.
|Russia TV report: "Fears Over Pentagon’s New 20,000-strong Internal Force."|
Congress and the Pentagon conspiring to undermine Posse Comitatus should have been big news. Instead, with the exception of brief notices on the Fox News and United Press International websites, the story was virtually ignored by the corporate media. The fact the government is in the process of setting up martial law in America was apparently not newsworthy. A Google news search of the story produces scant results.
It would seem former Soviet Russian media is more concerned about the story than their American counterparts. On December 4, Russia TV, a state-owned Russian television channel founded in 1991, sent a reporter into the streets of Washington, D.C. and interviewed Americans about the story. None of the people interviewed had heard of the Pentagon plan and all were opposed.
Under Section 1076 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 that has replaced the John W. Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2006, the president has the “constitutional authority” to impose martial law. Bush signed the Warner bill into law on the same day he signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006. The latter bill allows for the unlawful and indefinite imprisonment of Americans in violation of the Constitution and the principle of due process and habeas corpus.
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As founder James Madison noted, a standing army is one of liberty’s “most dreaded enemies.” An army’s purpose is to kill people and wreck things, not help local police with car accidents and floods. As an example of how the military will respond during a natural disaster, all we need to do is look at Katrina when troops forced New Orleans residents from their homes at gunpoint and violated the Second Amendment by confiscating weapons, again at gunpoint.
So egregious was the concept of armed soldiers patrolling the street in the late 1800s, Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act. It reinforced the earlier Insurrection Act of 1807, which prohibited the federal government from calling out the armed forces to put down rebellions.
“Tragically, such enforcement no longer outrages most Americans,” writes Becky Akers. “Indeed, we welcome it, so enthusiastically that we pay for it. We do make one concession to our anti-militaristic heritage: we euphemize the officers stalking our streets in search of contraband and rebels as ‘police.’”
In fact, Americans cannot be moved to outrage if they are unaware of the facts. It is no mistake the corporate media has not reported the planned deployment of battle-hardened and “rapid reaction” troops in the United States. It is part of the campaign to establish a standing army in our midst by stealth and eventually exploit a false flag terror attack and impose martial law.
It is a sad state of affairs when a former communist media organization is left to fill in the blanks.